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APHASIA IS A REALITY!!

LIFE AFTER A STROKE

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Becky Forbis
Member
Female
About Me

My stroke was Novemer 2, 2011.  I was left paralized on my right side.  With a lot of hard work and determination, I have regained the mobility and can walk without assistance.  However, the Aphasia, I suffer with everyday.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking


Bill Blodgety
Member
Male
About Me
I suffer my stroke 6 years ago. I was lucky I was in the gym when I had my stroke.
If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Physical


Bill Connors
Member
Male
70 years old
About Me

I am an aphasia therapist and founder of www.aphasiatoolbox.com.  I will be presenting in Windsor to speech therapists in May and at the International Aphasia Conference in June in Montreal.  



Bob Miller
Member
Male
65 years old
About Me

Hi I had a major hemorrhagic stroke in Oct. 2006 that affected my left side. I was making great strides until I had a second stroke in March 2010. The last one is where I was affected with aphasia though I am recovering very well..

I created a stroke support site in 2008 called Strokes Suck

Our Facebook groups are our main page, Strokes Suck UK, Strokes Suck Canada, and our Caregiver page.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Physical.


Brian Mullins
Member
Male
50 years old
About Me

I am a video/photojournalist, and while I have never suffered a stroke, I have been personally affected by a few who have.  I need to know more about the recovery process and how to be a better friend to stroke survivors.



Chayphonie
Member
Female

Gary Gray
Member
Male
About Me

stroke survivor since 2002

I'm NOT the fastest turtle on the beach :P

I am on Facebook: Please "Friend" me

www.facebook.com/garydotgray 

Please "Like" my Facebook pages

www.facebook.com/stroke.survivor

www.facebook.com/mylifeafterstroke

Thanks! :)



If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

lost speak, got it back. Lost physical still working to recover


Joe Kukk
Member
Male
68 years old
About Me

Had my stroke 6 1/2 years ago while driving. I also have aphasia as well as hemianopsia. It took 3 to 4 years to be able to speak properly. My cognition is impared and I cant figure out how to do some things. Used to love reading but now it is hard and a chore now. The fun of reading is gone.

My support group was my wife, my sister and my daughter in-law from Dartmouth N.S. They gave lessons every day. How to tell time, readind etc. My wife also nagged Freeport Hospital until I got into their program. It was very good. My wife tells me that I am 90% normal and she is happy with that.

Joe Kukk


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking, reading


John
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Male

KC
Member
Female

Natasha
Member
Female
43 years old

Samantha
Member
Female
About Me

I am 39 and I had my first mini stroke in May/2011. i have two small childrean and have been married for 10 years now.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Mental


Scott McIlroy
Member
Male
50 years old
About Me


Tom Bigda-Peyton
Member
Male
About Me

I am a friend of the stroke recovery family.  I have been working with the Ontario Stroke Network for two years as an outside consultant and expert on the use of storytelling to promote poisitive change.  I met Frank Austin through that work.



[email protected]
Member
Female
About Me

If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Not applicable


john griffiths
Member
Male
72 years old
About Me

I had my stroke in 2002. I was 58. It all happened on Sunday afternoon playing rugby in Burlington in Ontario, next to Kitchener. The paralysis didn't last long but I couldn't talk, not a single word. I have aphasia. It sucks but I have it. Nobody wants aphasia but there it is. Treating it is like climping a mountain. Unlike Everest, no one has been able to reach the top.

For many years, I felt frustrated because I had not been able to get the message across. I felt as if my friends, neighbours, work pals even my son were shunning me off. About 8 years ago I started to communicate. But I felt that one of the keys to recapturing some of my language capabilities was to practice speaking over and over. For example, I read the Globe every day.



If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking but no paralysis


CFaith23
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Female

Cathy
Member
Female

Connie
Member
Female
58 years old
About Me

I am the parent of a 21 year old stroke survivor. Our daughter sufered a massive left cerebral artery stroke in June 2010. After a year of instense physical, occupational and speech therapy, her biggest obstacle is her speech. She has aphasia and apraxia. Prior to her stroke, she was very healthy, athletic and a professional snowboard instructor in B.C. Her stroke has been confirmed as the result of using of birth control pills.

Throughout the past year, her positive attitude and determination to be an Olympic snowboarder, have played an important role in her recovery. To look at her, most people would not notice she had a stroke, until she begins to talk. To a person who had a gift to talk sincerely with anyone, her lack of speech is very evident. Sometimes she can get out what she wants, but often words are missing or do not come out as she would like. Aphasia is sometimes worse than a physical disability, people do not understand and can be very impatient. Especially for a young beautiful person, they think she is on some type of drug or just giving them a hard time. The public needs to be made more aware of these horrible invisible disabilities called aphasia and apraxia.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speck


DGH
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Male
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